Dick Cantwell is among the most well-respected and experienced craft brewers, co-founding Elysian Brewing Company in 1996, where he served as head brewer until its sale to Anheuser-Busch in 2015. During his tenure, Elysian was named Large Brewpub of the Year three times at the Great American Beer Festival® (1999, 2003 and 2004). Cantwell has written for various beer magazines, authored Barley Wine with Fal Allen, and The Brewers Association’s Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery, Second Edition.
Prior to relocating to the U.S. in 1996 to become New Belgium Brewing Company’s brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert brewed for a decade at Brewery Rodenbach. Bouckaert was an early advocate of brewing hoppier beers outside the Belgian tradition, exploring IPAs, Czech-style lagers, fruits, spices, wood-aging and fermentation, and experimenting with yeast and microbe strains from around the world. He earned the equivalent of a Master’s degree in brewing and fermentation technology from the University of Ghent, Belgium, as well as a Quality Engineer degree from CKZ Kortrijk. His mantle includes awards from World Beer CupSM and Great American Beer Festival® and a handful of other beer accolades.